Outlier cyclone heads to Spain after slamming into Portugal

Charlene Craig
October 15, 2018

Leslie - which was downgraded to a tropical storm before it made landfall - is unusual since hurricanes that regularly batter the American side of the Atlantic rarely bring their destructive force across to Europe.

Leslie was dubbed a "zombie" hurricane as it first formed on September 23, only to meander through the Atlantic Ocean for weeks.

Even before nightfall the sea was beginning to surge at beaches south of the Portuguese capital, with surfers ordered to return to shore.

"The meteorological system has lost intensity but gained speed".

He also gave the injury toll but added that none were life-threatening.

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"The greatest danger has passed", Costa said.

The main motorway in Portugal was blocked by a fallen tree preventing services from traveling.

This is how the Lisbon coastline looked hours before Leslie made landfall.

More than 200 power lines were affected by the storm, according to reports citing power authority EDP.

It is rare for an Atlantic hurricane to hit the Iberian peninsula as only five have been recorded. He said over 60 people were forced to leave their homes by the storm.

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Four departments in southern France have also been put on alert for storms and flooding.

Separate storm fronts in the north and east of Spain mean heavy rain is expected across much of the country on Sunday.

It comes just days after intense rain sparked flash floods in the Spanish holiday island of Majorca, killing 12 people including two Britons.

Suomi NPP passed over Leslie on October 11 and the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument provided a visible image of the storm.

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